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The Rangers have apparently signed forward Justin Fontaine, and immediately placed him on waivers to send to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The news on both broke from one seemingly innocuous tweet from Elliotte Friedman, who stated that Fontaine was on waivers for the Rangers. Friedman is rarely wrong, but most immediately thought Gabriel Fontaine, 2016 draft pick.
In fact, it is Justin, who will go to Hartford to replace the now departed Nathan Gerbe. Gerbe has gone to Switzerland, and has been released from his contract with the Rangers. Fontaine will be that veteran presence among the forwards in Hartford. He will also play a scoring role with the club. My guess is that, given his relative success with Minnesota over the last few seasons, he will be the first injury call up in these next few weeks.
The Rangers have the same amount of contracts/forwards in the system. When Oscar Lindberg returns, one more forward will be sent to Hartford as well.
The Canadiens surprised a lot of people yesterday morning, placing defenseman Mark Barberio on waivers. The 26-year-old left handed defenseman put up a line of 2-8-10 in 30 games last season with the Habs, which falls just a bit short of a 30 point season over 82 games. But in the AHL he regular puts up 60 points per season. He appears to be the classic tweener, someone who excels in the AHL, but not in the NHL.
The scouting report on Barberio is what every team hopes to have on the blue line. He is a good skater, has great vision, makes a good first pass, and qualifies as the “new NHL puck mover” that teams are gravitating towards. On paper, he looks like a guy that should be given a shot, especially on a team that is woefully thin –even if the Rangers front office refuses to admit– on defense after Ryan McDonagh.
The Daniel Paille experiment is over in New York. The Rangers waived the winger today, and will send him to Hartford once he clears. Paille was signed a month ago to help “address the penalty kill issues.” It was a signing that ignored the core issues with the unit and tried to throw a band-aid on them. The signing was met with general dislike, not because of the player, but because of those ignored process issues.
With Rick Nash still on the mend, the Rangers will need a call up from Hartford for Sunday night’s game.
In some good news, Ryan McDonagh passed concussion protocal, but will be out tomorrow. He does not have a concussion, but does have jaw/neck issues. Concussion free is the best possible news for the Rangers and McDonagh.
Despite rumors that the Rangers would put in a claim for waived Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, he cleared waivers this afternoon. Ehrhoff is on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, and has a line of 2-9-11 in 40 games this season. As a cheap and effective defenseman for an injury riddled club, Ehrhoff seemed like a logical fit.
There are a few reasons why the Rangers may have passed on him, though. The first is that Jeff Gorton thinks the current top-six, without Ryan McDonagh, will be able to hold on long enough until McDonagh is healthy. The second is that McDonagh may be on a path to a faster recovery from his concussion. The third is that maybe they have something else lined up.
After all the talk yesterday that the Rangers would claim him, and the fact that many –including myself– thought he wouldn’t even make it to the Rangers on the waiver wire, this is very surprising.
Per Elliotte Friedman, the Minnesota Wild have claimed Jarret Stoll. Stoll was waived by the Rangers yesterday after a relatively sub-par performance in 29 games with the Rangers. Stoll put up 1-2-3 in 29 games with the Rangers, while possessing one of the worst possession rankings in the league. He was solid in the faceoff circle, but brought little else to the table.
The Rangers have placed center Jarret Stoll on waivers, per Ryan Rishaug. Stoll has been a bit underwhelming as a Ranger, and while he brings excellent faceoff skills to the club, he does little else. This paves the way for some cap space and for Emerson Etem to get in the lineup a bit more regularly.
It should be worth noting that Tanner Glass’ play of late made Stoll expendable as the 13F.
The Rangers have placed defenseman Peter Zamorsky on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract. Zamorsky was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Czech league in June of 2014. Zamorsky never made the cut for the Rangers, and was getting passed on the depth chart by guys like Brady Skjei and Ryan Graves. Zamorsky will return to the Czech Republic, and he will be removed from the reserve list.
The Rangers also placed goalie Cedrick Desjardins on regular waivers, and he will be sent to the AHL. Desjardins was injured, so he couldn’t be waived prior to today.
Richard Nejezchleb was sent down to the ECHL as well.
As expected, Tanner Glass has cleared waivers. Assuming he is sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers will clear $950,000 in much needed cap space. The Rangers will retain a $500,000 cap hit for Glass as a part of the Wade Redden rule.
The Rangers have placed winger Tanner Glass on waivers. Glass appears to have been beaten out by Jarret Stoll for the 13F position, and his $1.45 million cap hit was putting the Rangers in a precarious position. If unclaimed and the Rangers send him to Hartford, the Rangers will only clear $950,000 of his salary on the cap. The Rangers will retain a $500,000 cap hit, per the Wade Redden rule.
In one of those “wtf” moments of the day, the Rangers have placed forward Nick Tarnasky on waivers. Tarnasky was on the training camp roster, but was injured. Injured players cannot be waived. So this is more of a paperwork thing. When Tarnasky clears, he will go to Hartford.